Inverted nipple correction London
Inverted nipple correction is an effective procedure for both women and men who feel embarrassed about having inverted nipples. Having inverted nipples can lead to a loss of confidence with many people developing an insecurity about their appearance. Inverted nipples may also cause functional disturbances as many women report difficulty in breastfeeding with inverted nipples. This can have an impact on personal relationships. Nipple inversion is not uncommon and is more common than reported as many people may not seek medical attention. The procedure of inverted nipple correction is excellent for the full correction of this common condition.
Causes of inverted nipples
- Shortening of the breast ducts exiting onto the skin
- Tightening of the contractile soft tissue surrounding the milk ducts which often exceeds the ability of the smooth muscle which causes erection of the nipples
- An over abundance of connective tissue in the substance of the nipple
- Congenital inverted nipples from birth
- Trauma to the nipple
- Underlying breast pathology including breast cancer
Why choose Centre for Surgery for inverted nipple correction ?
- Over 15 years experience in all types of nipple-areola correction – correction of inverted nipples, nipple reduction and areola reduction
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed nipple areola correction takes time and should not be rushed. We do not cram many procedures into one day like other providers.
Our clinic at 106 Crawford Street was recently inspected and rated as good across all 5 domains.
- Our surgeons live and work in the UK. This is very important because whilst your surgeon takes all precautions to minimise complications, complications can and do occur and our surgeons are readily available to manage any issues if and when they arise.
Specialist breast surgeons at Centre for Surgery
Our plastic surgeons all have extensive experience of performing all types of nipple-areola surgery. All our surgeons are fully qualified and experienced plastic surgeons with the skill to perform all types of aesthetic breast surgery.
Our surgeons are full members of:
Benefits of inverted nipple correction surgery
Inverted nipple correction is an effective way to boost your self-esteem and confidence and make your nipples appear more aesthetically pleasing.
What are the three different grades of inverted nipples?
- Grade 1: The nipples may evert every so often because of temperature changes or sexual arousal which results in nipple protrusion which may lead to a period of non-inversion through manipulation of the erect nipple with a finger. It is then possible to successfully breastfeed as a result.
- Grade 2: The nipples can be protruded via temperature changes or sexual arousal but cannot be maintained in the everted state with finger manipulation. They will re-invert and this can make breastfeeding difficult from time to time.
- Grade 3: The nipples are fully inverted and cannot be made to evert even with manipulation using the fingers. With this grade of nipple inversion, it is not possible to breastfeed at all.
Ideal candidates for inverted nipple correction
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with inverted nipple correction.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The inverted nipple correction procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve your image and self-esteem.
If you are considered to be an appropriate candidate, you may be interested in exploring what financial loans we have available.
Inverted nipple correction procedure
Inverted nipple correction aims to have nipples that protrude just above the areola. Our surgeons can also ensure you maintain nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed.
Inverted nipple correction is considered a day surgery, so you will be able to return home as soon as the effects of the anaesthetic wear off.
- An injection of local anaesthetic is first made to the nipples to properly numb the area to be treated
- The surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the nipple
- For milder forms of inverted nipples, the surgeon will aim to exert traction on the milk ducts that are responsible for pulling the nipples into an inverted position
- For more severe degrees of nipple inversion, the surgeon may need to surgically divide the milk ducts to release the deforming force giving rise to nipple inversion
- Once the milk ducts have been stretched out or surgically released then the surgeon will apply suture fixation to permanently secure the nipple in the new everted position
- The incision is then closed and a sterile dressing is applied to the nipple
- You will be transferred to our recovery and discharge area
- You will be reviewed by the surgeon before discharge and the nurses will complete the discharge process once you are deemed medically fit to be released into the care of a responsible adult who will accompany you home via car or taxi
Recovery after inverted nipple correction
Compared to other surgical procedures on the breasts and nipples, inversion nipple correction is relatively simple. Therefore, you will have minimal recovery time.
You will have bruising, swelling and pain in your breasts following the surgery. This is a completely normal side effect. You will be able to take medication to alleviate pain if necessary. It may be necessary to take time off work to help with your recovery.
The stitches will be removed between one to two weeks after your procedure. You will need to avoid vigorous physical activity for the first three weeks.
Inverted nipple correction before and after
Bilateral inverted nipple correction
Left sided male inverted nipple correction
Right sided inverted nipple correction
Left sided inverted nipple correction
Risks and complications of inverted nipple correction
Inverted nipple correction has been successfully performed for many years at Centre for Surgery with an excellent safety profile. Women and men should only choose a reputable provider with years of experience in inverted nipple surgery. With a fully certified plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery, you can be confident in having made the very best choice for nipple correction surgery coupled with an outstanding package of aftercare to reduce the risk of complications.
Potential risks of inverted nipple correction
As with any surgical procedure, inverted nipple correction has potential risks. These include:
- Haematoma formation
- Surgical site infection
- Delayed wound healing
- Nipples distortion
- Potential requirement for revision surgery
Inverted nipple correction cost
There are a number of factors which will determine the overall cost of inverted nipple correction surgery and the final quotation will be given after a face to face consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons. Inverted nipple correction is ideally suited to being performed with a local anaesthetic
- One sided or both sided Inverted nipple correction
- Inverted nipple correction combined with another procedure
- Previous nipple correction surgery
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to your procedure.
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing the right provider for nipple correction. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instilling in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Spread the cost of your procedure
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What is nipple inversion and how can it be corrected?Nipple inversion refers to when the nipple either lies at the level of the skin or is pointed inwards to inverted toward the chest wall instead of the normal protrusive appearance. Inverted nipples can be present from birth but can also develop in ones teens or later. The procedure of inverted nipple correction is a highly effective surgical procedure that is able to correct inverted nipples of all types of severity under a local anaesthetic. When performed as part of a more complex procedure, a general anaesthetic may be required.
What are the different types of inverted nipples?Inverted nipples are subdivided into 3 grades based on their degree of severity. At consultation your surgeon will be able to identify your grade of inverted of nipple which then determines the correct treatment.
Grade 1 - this is the mildest form of nipple inversion. The nipples are generally flattened in appearance but may still evert when touched or because of changes in temperature. The eversion lasts for a short period of time.
Grade 2 - these are a moderate form of nipple inversion that appear more inverted compared with grade 1 nipples. The nipples may still evert in response to temperature or sexual arousal but usually return to the inverted position.
Grade 3 - this is the most severe form of inverted nipples. The nipples will not evert at all even when stimulated and are permanently everted.
Am I an ideal candidate for inverted nipple correction?An ideal candidate are both men and women who may have inverted nipples. Centre for Surgery does not offer this procedure to people who are under 18 years old.
What anaesthetic will be used?Inverted nipple correction will be performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during the procedure, but will not feel any pain or discomfort.
What is my recovery period like?Recovery is relatively quick compared to other surgical procedures you can have on your breasts and nipples. You will notice bruising, swelling and may experience pain and discomfort after the procedure. You will need to avoid physical activity for around three weeks.
Will I have scars after the surgery?Any scarring will be more noticeable straight after the procedure, however, this will fade over time.
What are the complications associated with inverted nipple correction?Risks include bleeding, infection, noticeable scars or a mismatch in nipple size. In some cases, there may be breast numbness or loss of nipple sensitivity, which can last up to a year following surgery.
If the nipple becomes inverted again following surgery, you may need a second procedure.
Is the procedure painful?You will be given an anaesthetic before the procedure, so you will not be able to feel any pain or discomfort.
When can I start exercising again?You will have to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for at least three weeks.
Is there a non-surgical option for inverted nipple correction?It is possible to use the Niplette suction device which is available over the counter from any good high street pharmacy for attempted correction of inverted nipples before proceeding with surgery. The device works by applying a gently suction force which helps to evert the nipples and is applied every night. The Niplette device for inverted nipple correction has good treatment efficacy in grade 1 and occasionally grade 2 inverted nipples however grade 3 nipples will require surgical correction.
What To Expect
The first step is to have a consultation with one of our expert surgeons for inverted nipple correction. At the consultation, your surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and it involves. Your surgeon will want to learn more about what you hope to achieve from the procedure and also to explain the ideal treatment technique after a physical examination.
A number of measurements are taken of your inverted nipples including assessment of the degree of inversion. Your surgeon has experience in performing all the techniques of inverted nipple correction. The most appropriate choice will be made based on your degree of nipple inversion. The surgeon will also give information on the location of the incisions for nipple inversion correction and also whether other breast procedures are to be combined. High-resolution photos will be taken and your surgeon may also use computer digital imaging. Your surgeon will take time to discuss the important risks and potential complications of inverted nipple surgery and what you can expect in the postoperative period.
It is useful to keep a list of questions handy to ask the surgeon during the consultation. Examples include whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, what sort of result are you looking to achieve, what you can do to optimise results in the post-op period, how much downtime is involved. You may also want to know how soon you can return to work after having inverted nipple correction surgery. The surgeon will also take a full medical history which includes previous operations, current list of medicines taken and any potential allergies. This information will be used to decide on your suitability for the inverted nipple procedure. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for nipple surgery then we would recommend to spend a period of time to reflect on all the information given. We always recommend a minimum of a 2 week cool off period for to weigh up your options. All our prospective patients are more than welcome to have as many follow-up consultations after their initial consultation to make sure you are fully empowered with all the information to make an informed decision for proceeding with nipple inversion surgery at Centre for Surgery.
Before your procedure
Once you have decided that inverted nipple correction is right for you, our preoperative assessment team will be in contact to prepare you for surgery.
The following are recommended actions to take:
- For 6 weeks beforehand, it is highly recommended to stop smoking as active smoking is associated with a number of risks including delayed wound healing which could result in wound infection.
- You should also avoid aspirin and all medicines containing aspirin for at least one week prior to the procedure.
- If you are having a general anaesthetic, for 6 hours before the procedure, you should refrain from eating any food or any type of drink apart from sips of clear fluid (water and tea/coffee without added milk) which is allowed for up to 2 hours before the procedure.
On the day of your procedure
Please aim to arrive for your inverted nipple procedure at the confirmed time. One of our nursing team will admit you for the procedure and will carry out a number of tasks including checking your blood pressure and other vital signs including pulse and temperature and then getting you changed into single-use clinic wear. The anaesthetist will then come in to assess you to make sure you are medically fit for the procedure. You will then be seen by your surgeon who will confirm the procedure to undertaken and you will sign the informed consent form. Skin marking and photos may be taken at this point.
Inverted nipple correction is a very commonly performed procedure at Centre for Surgery and is easily carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case if it is an isolated procedure. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours to carry out. During the procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions in the area around the nipple followed by gentle traction to bring the nipple outwards followed by suture fixation to secure the nipples in their new position before closing the skin with dissolvable sutures.
After your procedure
After your inverted nipple correction procedure, our dedicated postoperative support team are available round the clock to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our team will call you regularly for the first 2 weeks after your procedure to make sure your pain levels are well controlled and your healing is progressing as normal. Inverted nipple correction is associated with very little in the way of discomfort. Any soreness can be effectively controlled with tablet painkillers and the majority of our patients are very comfortable by the end of week 1. Your doctor may recommend a period of approximately 2-3 days off work. You should minimise any excessive physical activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery to help with the healing of the incisions and reduce swelling.
You will be required to wear a specialised postoperative dressing that maintains the position of the nipples in their corrected position.
You will attend for a postoperative check up with one of our nursing team at 7-10 days to review your surgical wound sites and ensure proper healing is taking place. Recommendations on treatments for scar healing may be given for optimal cosmesis. At 6 weeks you should begin to see your final results and you will see your surgeon for a comprehensive review and make sure your results are in line with your expectations.